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Stolen Identity

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

"Within the last twelve monthes, 9.3 million Americans were victims of identity theft."
-Better Business Bureau, 2005

With numbers like these, everyone should be worried about stolen identity. You may think that an online thief wouldn’t bother with an Average-Joe like you or that you

Armed with information like a social security number, bank account number or your mothers maiden name, and identity thief is off and running and a stolen identity is in the making. In only a short amount of time a whole new “you” can be created out of thin air, complete with credit cards, mortgages and expensive purchase. Only this “you” fails to pay your bills and is on the road to financial ruin.

And all of this can happen without your knowledge. A smart identity thief will change the addresses on your bills, so they’ll never be sent to you. And the only warning you’ll get is when the creditors come knocking on your door. By that point the thief could have used your stolen identity to wrack up thousands of dollars of purchases and ruined your good credit scores.

Could you become the next victim of a stolen identity?

Simply shredding your mail and your old financial statements NOT enough. Most of think of the physical ways a thief could steal your identity (through unused credit card offer or by intercepting your mail), but this is not the only way to become a victim of stolen identity.

Whether you know it or not, your PC is storing all kinds of valuable information about you. And if a hacker were to attack, they might get a hold of your sensitive personal information like your social security number, your bank account, your passwords and more. Armed with these details you could easily become the next case of a stolen identity.

How to prevent a case of an online stolen identity:

Protecting your personal information while you’re on the Internet is one of the most crucial steps you can take in preventing identity theft.

  1. Beware of emails that come from a financial institution you trust (like your bank) that ask you click on a link to update your account information. DO NOT enter any personal information like your social security number, back account number or passwords. An email like this is most likely a phishing attack where a hacker is trying to trick you into giving them your personal information.
  2. Do not enter your personal information on a website that is not secure. (look for the HTTPS to see if it is secure)
  3. Update your browser security

Update your browser security.

Some ways to protect yourself online are just common sense. And for others, you need to rely on an expert. Because of known vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, hackers have found secret passageways to get onto your computer.

To remedy this potentially dangerous situation and protect yourself from future attacks consider installing Secure IE Browser Security. This award-winning security program was created to repair the holes in your Internet and renovate your security. When you install this valuable addition to your Internet, it will block hackers from entering your PC, help prevent stolen identity and act as an alarm system to prevent future break-ins.

Here’s how it works:

Step One: Seals up the passageways
When you first install Secure IE Browser Security, you will see a screen called "Automatic Tune-Up". All you need to do is click on the button and Secure IE will search your PC for any hidden passageways or gaps in your security. It will then automatically seal up and repair any gaps.

Step Two: Acts as an alarm system
Secure IE Browser Security will act as your own personal alarm system by proactively preventing break-ins. Secure IE blocks hackers by tightly restricting who has access to your PC and by disarming certain weapons hackers often use to force entry. Secure IE also takes it one step further by automatically updating your PC with critical security updates every 7 days, which allows you to always stay one step ahead of hackers.

Step Three: Shred the personal information on your PC.
Secure IE Browser Security is fortified with Private IE protection. As you read this, your computer is silently collecting information about you and storing it in multiple locations deep within your PC. And this is exactly the kind of information hackers want! You can set Private IE to systematically shred this information every time you leave the Internet.

Don’t risk leaving your PC exposed to identity thieves, hackers and spyware.

On average, victims of identify theft and fraud spend 175 hours researching and tracking the crime, 23 months correcting credit reports and $800 in out-of-pocket expenses to restore their financial standing, according to a joint study of victims’ experiences by the PRC and the California Public Interest Research Group.

Don’t become the next victim of a stolen identity. With Secure IE Browser Security on your side, you can start to protect your identity today.

Learn more about Secure IE and Private IE.

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